Weekly Food Notes: Groceries, Chains, Beer + More

Lots of openings are planned around Richmond.

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Local food news: Stone Brewing Co. is considering a hotel, in addition to the restaurant already planned.

Zeus Café has been sold and a new, renovated restaurant with a different name and concept will open sometime in the next two months and Goatcado is opening on West Main St. in October, Richmond BizSense reports.

A rash of chain restaurants are opening, including Bonchon Chicken, Pie Five Pizza Co., Matchbox American Kitchen & Spirit and Cava Grill.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones proposed a $500,000 grant help with the the construction of Jim’s Local Market, a grocery store planned for the underserved East End. Richmond City Council “tentatively” approved it, reports the Times-Dispatch.

Happenings: Oktoberfest is upon us, and Center of the Universe is celebrating Friday, Sept. 9-Sunday, Sept. 11 with liter beer steins and half-liter glass boots, live music, kid-friendly games, face-painting, German-style beer, German food and great big tent. For more details, check out cotubrewing.com.

Sometimes you need to get out of town. This Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at 5 p.m., you can travel up the road to Charlottesville and spend the evening with the Roosevelt and Southbound’s Lee Gregory and Joe Sparatta of Heritage and Southbound at Farm to Feast. It’s actually going to take place a little outside Charlottesville, at Blenheim Vineyards (owned by that guy Dave Matthews), with live music, canapes, cocktails and a family-style meal in a spectacular setting. Tickets are $125 per person and proceeds benefit Local Food Hub and Farm Aid.

No Kid Hungry and EAT Restaurant Partners have joined forces for September. All of the company's locations are donating a dollar for each featured dish sold to the nonprofit.

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